How to Fix Code 52 Error

Posted by Bob, Slimware

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What the Code 52 Error Is

Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source. (Code 52)

Code 52 is an error that gives cause to question the legitimacy of the offending driver. This error indicates that the driver reporting the error is not digitally signed. Windows requires drivers to be digitally signed by the author; otherwise, Windows will not load the driver out of precaution. A digital signature is like secure a code created from a mathematical break-down of an original file (example: file-x = 1; file-y = 2). The code is then encrypted to prevent tampering or forgery and attached to the driver as a digital signature. When the driver is loaded by the operating system, the digital signature is compared against a public code. If the public code and the digital signature match, the driver is considered legitimate. If the codes do not match, Windows considers the file to be illegitimate and will not load it.

However, there are many cases in which a Code 52 errors have been reported by drivers with legitimate digital signatures. It is not uncommon for drivers to produce errors during the normal use of your computer. Often, driver errors surface due to some form of corruption within the driver or within various other files associated with the operation of the driver. In the most extreme cases, the driver was modified by a malware author for malicious purposes and will not load because the digital signature no longer matches the public code.

Common Causes of Code 52 Errors

A Code 52 error is caused by problems with the driver of the offending device. Driver errors such as Code 52 suggest multiple possbilities when attempting to determine the root cause of the problem. Driver errors can occur unexpectedly, and at any time. Although, driver errors typically occur due to the following common causes.

Common causes of Code 52 errors...

  • The driver is not installed.
  • The driver is missing.
  • The driver is out-of-date.
  • The driver is corrupt.
  • A previous attempt to update the driver failed.
  • The device is not configured as the default device.
  • The device is not plugged in correctly or all the way.
  • The device is damaged.

In some cases, a Code 52 error can be corrected by using the driver verifier in Windows but mistakes are not often made when attempting verify the driver the first time. If you are receiving a Code 52, it is most commonly for one of two reasons: the digital signature is bad or the driver is corrupted.

If you would like to learn how to manually troubleshoot this error, we have provided a guide to manually fixing Code 52 errors if you wish to correct the problem yourself. The guide provides detailed steps for correcting Code 52 errors.

How to Easily FIX Code 52 Errors

Code 52 errors are nearly always caused by driver problems. Whether it is a misconfigured driver, a missing driver, or a corrupt driver, it is rather safe to assume that the problem is driver-related. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine exactly which driver may be causing the issue. That is where the use of automated tools like DriverUpdate come into play.

DriverUpdate is able to scan your computer for out of date or missing device drivers, and recommend the best possible driver for your system configuration. It takes the guesswork out of fixing code 52 error messages. Additionally, it ensures that you only get the correct drivers, which is a big deal since installing an incorrect driver can result in a crash. DriverUpdate is made by SlimWare Utilities Inc.
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